“This action ends the long and proud history of the Wayne County Solicitors’ Council acting in a truly bipartisan fashion, protecting the sanctity of the vote and making Wayne County residents believe their votes have in fact been counted and counted correctly, ”Lavora Barnes, said the Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party in a statement. “That’s exactly what happened this year.”
Wayne’s prospecting board wasn’t the last hurdle in Michigan’s certification process. The Council of State Solicitors, which must issue the final state certification, is made up of two Democrats, Jeannette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak, and two Republicans, Norman D. Shinkle and Aaron Van Langevelde.
Mr. Shinkle’s wife, Mary Shinkle, has filed an affidavit in support of a lawsuit the Trump campaign has brought in federal court for voting irregularities in Wayne County. The affidavit claimed, among other things, that the poll workers had been “extremely rude and aggressive” towards her and the other observers, that they did not allow her to look over their shoulders as they dealt with the polls. ballots and envelopes and stubs safely stored. The state case judge had rejected similar affidavits on the grounds that “an incorrect interpretation of events”.
Tuesday’s drama stoked Democrats’ fears that Mr. Trump was working to force Michigan and other critical states to miss their certification deadlines so that Republican-controlled legislatures could appoint their own pro-delegate lists. -Trump in the Electoral College, regardless of popular vote wins. for Mr Biden – moves that Mr Biden’s lawyers have dismissed as being legally futile.
Mike Shirkey, the Republican Majority Leader in the Michigan State Senate, said in an interview with Bridge Michigan, a local media outlet Tuesday, that the Legislature would not be willing to name its own voters list. .
“It won’t happen,” Mr. Shirkey said.
The state council is supposed to certify its results on November 23, but Mr Thomas, the advisor to the city of Detroit clerk, said the state would have until mid-December to submit its tally to the electoral college , which, according to him, was a lot of time, although the state of the edge of the dead ends, which would force the fight in court.
“When they are in a bind, the court usually tells them, ‘Your job is ministerial’, which means you count the votes,” he said, “and you publish the certified results.”
Kathleen Gray reported from Detroit, and Jim Rutenberg and Nick Corasaniti from New York. Maggie Astor and Annie Karni contributed reporting.